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OSHA Releases Fall Protection Standard

November 26, 2012
Contractors, take note: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently stepping up its vigilance with new regulations and a new national safety campaign to prevent jobsite falls.


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What’s Ahead for Oil Furnaces

November 26, 2012
Some contractors claim they have been converting oil equipment to natural gas at a record pace. But that doesn’t mean oil furnaces will fade from the marketplace, as there are many areas that have limited access to natural gas. In addition, it can be expensive to convert, and new oil furnaces can provide better comfort and higher efficiencies.


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YWCA Toronto Features Thermally Activated Slab, Geothermal Design

November 26, 2012
YWCA Toronto recently completed construction of the YWCA Elm Centre, an $80 million, 302-unit affordable and supportive permanent housing complex for women and women-led families. What went into this project?


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Rules May Boost Standard Furnace Sales

November 26, 2012
Barring any changes stemming from the pending lawsuit against the Department of Energy (DOE), the new regional efficiency standards for residential furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps are scheduled to become effective May 1, 2013. What does that mean for you?


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CO2 Use in Supermarkets Grows

November 26, 2012
One sector where CO2 is making the strongest inroads in the United States is in supermarkets as more stores and refrigeration manufacturers embrace its use. Where are two recent examples that make for good reading?


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Stoking Interest in Biomass Furnaces

November 26, 2012
Renewable energy generated by solar, wind, and geothermal technology has garnered a lot of attention lately, but residential biomass central heating systems have not enjoyed the same exposure. What’s holding biomass back?


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Voters Side with Efficient Candidates in Election

November 26, 2012
Barack Obama has been re-elected president, Republicans have retained control of the House of Representatives, and Democrats continue to rule the Senate. To naysayers, the election may have seemed like one big waste of energy; however, to energy-efficiency advocates, the election may help eliminate a great deal of energy waste.


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Price Increases: Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012
Lennox Industries and Nordyne raise prices.


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Financial Reports: Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012
A.O. Smith Corp. reports third-quarter earnings.


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Organizations: Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012
InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance elects president; HVAC Excellence grants accreditation to Okefenokee Technical College.


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Manufacturers: Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012
Taco announces acquisition; Daikin Industries completes acquisition of Goodman; Nortek appoints vice president and chief supply chain officer; Fieldplace Instruments signs licensing agreement; Spirax Sarco commended by DOE; Uponor North America earns NSF International certification; Trane celebrates anniversary; Victaulic’s Vic-Press system receives award.


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Residential Contractor: Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012
Greenstar Home Services appoints general manager.


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Heatcraft Opens Innovation Center

November 26, 2012
Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration unveiled its new Innovation Center during a grand opening event attended by a cross section of customers, industry experts, trade media, and local officials.


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The App Zone: Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012
ProntoForms app from TrueContext Corp.


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Commissioning Proposed

November 26, 2012
Commissioning for all buildings designed and built under a green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) would become mandatory under a new proposal open for public input.


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OESP Seeks Scholars

November 26, 2012
The National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP) is accepting applications for the Dave Nelsen Scholarship program.


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Wholesalers Recognized

November 26, 2012
Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. acknowledged its top-performing wholesalers for outstanding sales performance in 2012. The awards banquet was held Oct. 29-31 during Emerson’s annual National Wholesaler Conference in Tucson, Ariz.


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Shanghai Show a Hit

November 26, 2012
The Shanghai International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning concluded its inaugural show, Sept. 26-28, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.


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NATE Honors HARDI Members

November 26, 2012
At the 2012 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) annual conference, four NATE awards were given to HARDI members, recognizing the outstanding efforts of HARDI distributors in promoting technician certification.


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Europe Invests $13B in Renewables

November 26, 2012
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that since 2006 it has invested €10 billion (over $13 billion) in energy efficiency and sustainable energy.


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Rotobrush® International LLC: Insulation Blower

November 26, 2012
The RotoStorm II™ insulation blower can help contractors who offer insulation installation save customers money on their energy bills and take advantage of new homeowner tax credits, said the company. Its two-piece construction offers easy portability and durability.


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Emerson Climate Technologies: Thermal Expansion Valve

November 26, 2012
The NXT Series R-410A thermal expansion valve (TXV) is a balanced ported valve designed for high-efficiency R-410A air conditioning and heat pump applications. NXT Series valves operate over a wide range of conditions and applications.


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Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating: Ducted Commercial Indoor Units

November 26, 2012
Ideal for guest rooms in hotels, dormitories, assisted living centers, or any application that has tight vertical clearances and minimal ductwork, the ceiling-concealed, ducted commercial indoor units have been significantly updated, said the company.


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Nordyne: Packaged Heat Pumps, Gas Packs

November 26, 2012
Two NuTone packaged systems — heat pumps and packaged gas/electric models — include all-aluminum microchannel coils for lighter weight, smaller size, better durability, and greater reliability in corrosive environments, said the company.


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U-TECK: Attic Walk-On Boards

November 26, 2012
Used in pairs, the Attic-Trax™ Walkboards help workers in the construction, HVAC, and electrical industries move safely through an attic space, while preventing ceiling damage and increasing productivity. The boards are constructed from durable, lightweight composites.


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Excellence Alliance Inc.: Estimating Proposal Generation Program

November 26, 2012
The cloud-based Estimating 4 Profit (E4P) program is designed to enhance productivity and profitability in the commercial HVAC marketplace. Users can integrate estimates, budgets, and pricing agreements into a professional commercial HVAC proposal document.


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Fieldpiece: Pocket Psychrometer

November 26, 2012
For HVACR field service, the PRH2 is a psychrometer that measures wet bulb, percent rh, dew point, and dry bulb temperatures, in the convenience of a pocket tool. With the capability to clip into a pocket, the psychrometer can be used for walk-around testing.


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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.: UL/ETL-Certified HVAC Tapes

November 26, 2012
The company’s full line of UL/ETL-certified HVAC tapes is specifically engineered to meet the most stringent requirements of HVAC engineers and contractors. The company’s line of HVAC tapes includes the newly introduced UL-rated AC50UL cloth duct tape for flexible air ducts and connectors.


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